This week Sam and I are in Montreal.
Thisis a city where I was born, so it is always really fun to come and revisit.
We are goingto be showing you some of the main attractions around town.
For our summer getaway we decided to visitMontreal.
Located in the province of Quebec, this city offers world class festivals, arts, entertainment and dining.
We wanted to highlight what makes this city so special, so here are30 things to do in Montreal.
Our first stop was the Montreal Museum ofFine Arts for a look at some of the current exhibitions.
One of the nice things aboutthis museums is that admission to the permanent collection is free at all times.
Well, it is time to burn off all of that Poutine.
We're here at Park Mount Royal and we're going to walk around and explore to see what isgoing on.
This is one of the biggest parks in the city.
We just spotted a woodpecker up in the tree.
This is where locals come to escape the bustleof the city.
You'll find many people picnic-ing here on a weekend.
We've been walking around Mount Royal fora while now and we've finally reached one of the many lookout points of the city andthere are some amazing views.
On a clear day you can see the whole city.
During our visit to Montreal we chose to stayin the neighborhood of Le Plateau-Mont Royal.
The area is quite lively with lots of barsand restaurants, and the residential streets are lined with spiral staircases.
There werealso lots of friendly cats who came out to greet us in the morning.
Summers in Montreal are a lot of fun.
On Sundayafternoons you'll find a huge drumming circle on the east end of Mount Royal.
We're now here at McGill University, one ofCanada's oldest and most prestigious universities.
It is a gorgeous day outside so we're justgoing to wander around campus and show you around.
McGill University is one of the most prestigiousuniversities in all of Canada.
Even if you're not a student, the campus is worth a littlestroll.
There is one dish that you absolutely haveto try when you come to Montreal and that is poutine.
This is a French Canadian dishand for those who aren't very familiar with it.
It is basically french fries with gravyand cheese curds on top.
Now it sounds a little bit gross and it doesn't look that appetizingat first sight but trust me it is delicious.
It is time for the big reveal.
Look down here.
This is the standard one.
Look at all of the cheese curd.
It is melting.
And the gravy.
These fries are swimming in a pool of gravy.
That is amazing.
Time for the first bite of the classic poutinehere.
Let's get lots of gravy on it.
Woah, stringy cheese.
Oh, I got it on my mouth.
Wow! That is so good.
I just wish this was healthy so that I could eat it more often.
For a taste of French charm, wander down thecobbled streets of Old Montreal.
It'll feel like you've traveled back to France severalcenturies.
There are lots of great restaurants to try in this area.
For fine dining and shopping in trendy boutiques, you can pop into the Bonsecours Market.
Habitat 67 is a unique housing complex andone of the most interesting architectural landmarks in the city.
Whether you visit Montreal in the summer orwinter, there are always festivals going on.
Be sure to check them out! Tonight we're at the Cirque du Soleil herein Montreal and we're going to be watching their latest show Curious.
While we can't bring you inside the tent, we can tell you that it is a fascinating performance that takes you into a different world.
This roman catholic basilica is located onthe Westmount Summit and you'll have to climb 283 steps to reach the top.
The biodome is a popular attraction for familieswith children.
It allows you to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas.
We're here now at Olympic Stadium.
This usedto be the former stadium of the Montreal Expos, a baseball team that has since moved to Washington.
I was fortunate enough in the 90's to come and watch them play when they had such greatplayers such as Larry Walker who is considered to be by many the best Canadian baseball playerever.
Originally though this stadium was built forthe Olympics in the 70's and this is still the largest stadium in Canada in terms ofseating capacity.
Because there was some landscaping work beingdone, we didn't get to walk the extent of the gardens, however, there is plenty to seehere.
The botanical gardens are home to Japanese Gardens, Chinese Gardens and even Alpine Gardens.
Right now I'm here at the Bell Center, hometo the Montreal Canadiens, one of the most historic and celebrated franchises in allof sports – not just in the NHL but all of sports.
They have such a storied history but as aBlackhawks fan my team has been doing better lately so I've got bragging rights right now.
You have to eat smoked meat if you come allthe way to Montreal and there's not better place to do so that at Schwartz.
This restaurantis an institution and it's worth lining up for.
The Notre Dame Basilica is located in thehistoric district of Old Montreal.
Step inside to be wowed by the blue ceilings and gold-adornedaltar.
If you enjoy checking out graffiti and streetart I would highly recommend the area around Saint Catherine's in the East end of the city.
It is just so colorful.
You can wander down the lanes.
So many artists have taken overthe area, so check it out.
Next up we're heading to St.
Catherine streetwhich is the place to go shopping.
The street is lined with different stores and boutiquesand I know Sam is going to love this.
This is the main commercial artery of thecity.
Montreal has long, brutal winters and thisis when the underground city plays an important role.
Most of the downtown area is interconnectedby underground paths and underground shopping areas so you don't have to be out in the cold.
Parc Lafontaine is located in the boroughof Le Plateau Mont-Royal and it's a popular hangout spot on weekends.
Friends come toplay sports and enjoy a picnic by the pond.
Le Village is a vibrant neighbourhood whichis home to many bars, clubs, and theatres.
In the summertime the street is lined with200, 000 pink balls over the pedestrian only street.
So now for a little afternoon pick me up wehave St.
Viateur bagels, which are really famous here in Montreal.
I got myself thecinnamon raisin one.
That smells really nice.
What makes these bagels unique is that theyare hand rolled and they are made in a wood burning oven.
This store is so popular thatthey actually produce twelve thousand bagels a day.
Alright, time for the first bite.
I don'tknow if you can see it well with the camera but there are huge chunks of apples.
Wow! Are you in your happy place? I am.
This is like ultimate dessert for me.
A great way to get around the city is by bike.
Bixi stations let you hire out bikes for a few hours or for the full day, and you canreturn them at any bike station in the city.
This is another popular cathedral in the city.
It is the third largest church in the province of Quebec.
Montreal's Old Port is worth a wander.
Youcan enjoy a quiet stroll along the waterfront or stop for a mid-afternoon nap and one ofthe many little parks found in the area.
The best way to get around Montreal is byhopping on the metro.
If you're going to be in the city for a few days we suggest youget a pass so that you can zip around from one neighborhood to the next.
This Canal is popular with cyclists.
5 kilometers starting from the Old Port of Montreal.
So there you have it – a quick little glimpseat this beautiful French city.
From festivals to live entertainment, and dining to shopping, Montreal has plenty to offer for travellers.
Have you been to Montreal? Let us know whatyou love about this city in the comments below.
If you want to experience a Canadian citywith a bit of French flair, then you need to visit Quebec City.
Situated on the banks of the St.
LawrenceRiver, this is a town with good looks and a big heart.
We only had a day and a half there, but thatwas enough time to wander the cobbled streets, catch some street performances, and visitmany of the top attractions.
The following is a little video of our timein historic Quebec City.
We are no standing on the Plains of Abrahamand this is the location where the battle between the English and the French was fought.
This was the battle that ultimately determined the fate of North America.
This battle was part of the Seven Years' Warand it would be the deciding factor over the fate of New France, influencing the latercreation of Canada.
We just finished visiting the Citadelle andif you get the chance I would suggest you try to be here by ten in the morning.
Thatis when they have the changing of the guard ceremony and it is a lot of fun to watch.
They even have a pet goat that takes part so it really is a lot of fun.
The Citadelle is the largest British fortressin North America.
Now we're visiting Chateau Frontenac, oneof the most famous hotels in all of Canada.
It is a stunner.
It is just absolutely beautiful.
We're trying to capture it from different vantage points.
The hotel was designed by American architectBruce Price.
It was one of many “chÃ¢teau” style hotels built for the Canadian PacificRailway company with the goal of promoting luxury tourism.
Today, a night at the Frontenacstarts at $379 dollars.
This boardwalk that we are currently standingon is called Terrasse Dufferin and it is a great place for a stroll.
You can catch somestreet performers, eat some ice cream and you also get some great views of the riverbelow.
The promenade sits right outside the ChateauFrontenac and it is 425 meters in length.
You can also catch a funicular nearby whichtakes you to the Old Lower Town.
Petit Champlain is a neighbourhood locatedin the Old Lower Town.
It is quite picturesque, especially when viewed from the BreakneckStairs.
The narrow cobbled streets are lined with small shops and cafes.
It's a reallyfun neighborhood to explore with a camera in hand.
It is a human car wash.
The Basilica Notre Dame de Quebec is the oldestchurch in the Americas north of Mexico.
If you want to get a sneak peek at the crypt, you'll have to sign up for a guided tour.
We're now walking along Rue St.
Paul and thisis a great place to browse for antiques and you can buy some souvenirs.
Just don't leave your visit to the end ofthe day because you may find that a lot of the shops have closed.
The Museum of Civilization is a great placeto learn about the Aboriginal peoples of Quebec.
We're here now in the Port Area.
This is agreat place to take a ferry.
A lot of people come here to exercise, to fish and just toenjoy the views of the St.
It is a really relaxing place.
The Port of Quebec is the oldest in all ofCanada and it played an important role in developing the region.
Today you'll find thatcruises have replaced much of the former freight traffic.
And lastly, you can't come to Quebec Cityand not catch a street performance! The city celebrates its performers and you'll oftenfind acts taking place in the town square and parks.
Grab a seat for some live entertainmentand don't forget to leave a tip at the end! And that concludes our brief but very enjoyabletrip to Quebec City! We hope that you enjoyed this video and that it will help inspire yourCanadian travels.
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